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Dec 26, 2012 4:30pm PST
congressional leaders cut their vacations short, to deal with fiscal cliff negotiations. they have five days to make a deal. and housing continues to be the bright spot in the u.s. economy: home prices post their biggest advance in two years. that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! christmas may be over, but the holiday shopping season continues. many consumers hit the malls today to return gifts and buy what they really wanted. and this is the time many gift cards get redeemed. but for retailers, holiday sales so far have been a flop. sales in the two months leading up to christmas, rose just 0.7%, according to mastercard advisors that tracks the numbers. that's way below what the retail industry was predicting. erika miller spoke with retail expert dana telsey and began by asking what happened. >> i think there were a confluence of events, extra long season. hurricane sandy. tragedy in ct. >> none of the events out there were feel good factor events. it was all for consumer morale. >> when you look at the weakness this holiday season, how much of the blame do you put on retailers for not having inspiring merchandise and how much of it are just factors beyond their control like t
PBS
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm PST
stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside thfinancial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to an agreement on resolving the fiscal cliff by year end, sudden tax increases and drastic budget cuts will take effect and would dramatically slow the u.s. economy. let's look into the two main components of the fiscal cliff. first, taxes. democrats want to let tax cuts for the wealthy to expire but republicans are generally opposed to the plan. individuals would be hit with huge tax hikes if lawmakers cannot find common ground. second component of the fiscal cliff is large federal spending cuts. the tsill ta effecif t two parties fail to strike a deal. spending would be reduced in areas such as health care which democrats oppose. the defense budget would also be cut. republicans are ag
KCSMMHZ
Dec 31, 2012 5:30pm PST
expected to work on a stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside the financial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to an agreement on resolving the fiscal cliff by year end, sudden tax increases and drastic budget cuts will take effect and would dramatically slow the u.s. economy. let's look into the two main components of the fiscal cliff. first, taxes. democrats want to let tax cuts for the wealthy to expire but republicans are generally opposed to the plan. individuals would be hit with huge tax hikes if lawmakers cannot find common ground. second component of the fiscal cliff is large federal spending cuts. the cuts will take effect if the two parties fail to strike a deal. spending would be reduced in areas such as health care which democrats oppose. the defense budget would also be cut. republic
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am EST
spending cuts that are set to kick in on januar1st. that fiscal cliff and its potential impact on our economy brought lawmakers from both uses to washington for last-minute negotiations. concerns about the cliff spooked investors, the holiday shortened trading week was lighter in volume but higher in volatility. the worst decline of the month on thursday after a disappointing read on consumer confident and some public statements by congressional leaders. and yet with one final trading day to go, all the major averages were still showing positive performance for the year of 2012. meantime, the u.s. is set to reach the debt limit on monday. that according to treasury secretary tim geithner in a letter to congress, though, he did say he expects to take what he called extraordinary measures to extend the government's borrowing ability for another two months or so. and even your cup coffee, once a deal on the fiscal cliff. baristas at the 120 starbucks in washington, d.c. were encouraged by management to add a shot of partisanship to their drink orders and r remind customers i our nation's capital to come
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 1:00am PST
of it are just factors beyond their control like the economy and the fiscal cliff? >> i think overall it was more probably 70 to 80% factors beyond the retailer's control. i think retailers had creative merchandise but i think the news didn't lead to a feel good factor. >> in any economy, good or bad, you always have some winners. who did really well this year? >> well, it looks like in terms of who did well so far, companies like american eagle outfitters limited, michael cors, macy's' tj and i would say costco was also a winner. >> on the flip side were there retailers that you had high hopes for going into the season but just didn't deliver in the end. >> certainly we will see some becoming more promotion al, some of the children's retailers, whether it was impacted by weather or there was competitive price and they did a good job at it, the children's retailers seemed to have a tougher season this year. >> now is the time of year when we shift into gift card sales. what most people don't realize is those sales get counted until the cards are redeemed. is that enough to save the season? >> not totally but you will have a decent season. around 70 percent of all gift cards are typically redeementd in the month of january. on average you will get consumers buying for themse
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 5:00am EST
. >> investors watching to see if the economy is about to fall off the fiscal cliff. apple may be working on an iwatch. >> we have some downed wires to report on liberty road ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. >> now insta-weather plus and traffic pulse 11 together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. very light volume out there and it will probably continue to be that way. it is new year's eve. westbound liberty road, we have some downed wires to watch for. not tracking any delays on the west side at 70. you can see help light the traffic is. south on 295, the b-w parkway shipping up to be a very nice. southb
WHUT
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
over 24 hours to go before the huge austerity package known as the fiscal cliff, something almost nobody wants is due to descend on the american economy. >> we will come in at 11:00 tomorrow morning and that further announcements. >> if there's no doubt, the price of failure could be high. the average american, might see their taxes rise by as much as $2,000 a year. as spending cuts take money from the economy, a second american recession becomes a possibility. confidence in america will be shaken. the financial markets may take fright. president obama believes it is time for the wealthiest americans to pay more in taxes. he has made that part of his negotiating position. he criticized republicans for resisting these tax increases. >> they said the biggest party is making sure we deal with the deficit and a serious way. the way they're beating is their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest americans are protected. that seems to be their only overriding unifying theme. >> the republican party argues it is ready to deal. it is the president and democrats were not. >> there's no single issue that remains an impossible
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 12:00am EST
the fiscal cliff. even chairman bernanke was very clear on this point telling everyone if the economy goes over the fiscal cliff even the fed itself does not have you have enough tools to go over against the impact. in terms of lack of investment and in terms of businesses closing their doors and remaining sidelined still for quarters going into 2013. adam: well, lindsey, you again are an economist. which is worse, the spending cut from the sequestration or the tax increase? which hits us, 310 million of us are american citizens. which hits us worse? >> well generally when we talk about the difference between spending cuts or tax increases you have to think of taxes as having 1 1/2 times the impact because what that does, there is a trickle down, in fact. we pull out the dollars from investment that would otherwise go to growing businesses investing in equipment, capital and additional employees. right now that is the biggest impact we're not seeing businesses expand and absorbing out that additional labor supply sitting stagnant on the market right now. that is the biggest implication. th
FOX Business
Dec 31, 2012 8:00pm EST
vote from the senate, we will go over the fiscal cliff. the u.s. economy will likely do a belly flop or the u.s. economy holding on for its your life depending on the fiscal cliff outcome. rich edson on capitol hill with the latest on if there will be a vote and the vice president getting involved once again. what is the latest? >> he will arrive sometime this evening because there are a number of senate democrats have issue with the framework between vice president joe biden, the senator himself and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. the framework of that, the tax portion is a done deal exempting income of $400,000 for individuals, $450,000 for married couples, families from a tax increase. it also puts the capital gains tax keeping it consistent to me to those rates for income above that capital gains tax goes to 20%. presley patches the minimum tax ensuring live we as americans dt have to pay the estate tax goes to 40% on all mounts of $5 million a one-year extension of long-term unemployment benefits as part of this. also what is known as the medicare doctors getting a pay c
LINKTV
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm PST
modestly optimistic a deal can be reached to stop the economy falling off the fiscal cliff. talks are taking place before tax rises and spending cuts come into effect on january 1. the woman who's a gang rape sparked mass protest in india has died in hospital. doctors treating the 23-year-old say she was showing signs of severe organ failure before her death. thousands of iraqis are protesting, accusing administration of marginalizing them. the so-called fiscal quiff threatening the u.s. economy. have we are joined by an economics columnist with the washington newspaper. he says without an immediate deal, the discussion will significantly change in the new year. >> i think what we will see from the republicans is much greater flexibility as we get into the new year, if it comes to that. and, instead of voting for a tax increase, they are voting for a tax cut. the same policy, when you are voting for it on january 4, would be a tax cut. today, it would be a tax increase. it is a weird way of thinking about it, but we are a strange land, in terms of u.s. policy right now. heather is a s
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 4:30pm PST
."! a dramatic cliff-hanger today between washington and wall street about the fiscal cliff. stocks initially sold off after senate majority leader harry reid predicted the economy would go over the cliff. speaking from the senate floor he said there's not enough time between now and the end of the year to reach a deal. but stocks erased their losses ithe final hour of trading on news that the house of representatives will reconvene on sunday night to resume talks. by the closing bell, the dow was down only 18 points, bouncing back from a triple digit loss, the nasdaq lost four, and the s&p slipped almost two points. so what happens next? and can lawmakers prevent an economic crisis by agreeing on a fiscal cliff deal? darren gersh reports. >> reporter: here is a measure of how bad things are now in washington. markets rallied on news the house will come back to work on sunday, even though there is no solution ready for lawmakers when they return. and in the senate, which is back at work, republican leader mitch mcconnell warned he would not write a blank check to the white house, though he said he would keep an open mind on anything the president proposes. >> it appea
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 4:30am EST
fiscal cliff. we've broken our newsroom into four groups. one to monitor the potential impact on the local economy. a second to prepare you for what could happen to you and your family. a third will help you take action and the fourth will hold lawmakers accountable. you can get alerts sent straight to your phone about all our fiscal cliff notes by texting the cliff to 25543. >>> senator michael crapo of ied low has been arrested -- idaho has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. he was pulled over sunday morning for running a red light in virginia. he failed a field sobriety test. the senator issued a statement saying he was deeply sorry and would deal with whatever penalty comes his way. he's due in court january 4. >>> former president george h.w. bush may not be home in time for christmas. doctors at a houston hospital say the 41st president needs to build up his energy before he can be released. the 88-year-old bush was hospitalized november 23 for a bronchitis-related cough. >>> president obama was among the more than 1,000 people attending a memorial service for the late
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 9:20am EST
up the same pie and same thing with the fiscal cliff, we're not talking growing the economy, how do you split up the economy getting the tax revenue and the same thing with the longshoreman strike. which is probably going to happen they say there's absolutely no negotiation on this, they absolutely want to see more money coming to them and the other side absolutely no way in the world so that's going to take us from maine all the way down to texas much bigger than the strike we had on the west coast ten years ago. >> now, the president usually sides with the unions, we all know that, but in this case, a strike that really could have devastating consequences on the economy, particularly in the middle of the fiscal cliff negotiations. do you think the president might be more even-handed here dealing with the unions? >> well, i really don't know. you never know what this president is going to say and what policies are going to come out, but the longshoremen is an influential union. to see him go on the other side of it would be surprising, probably take a step back and not intervene to
KRON
Dec 30, 2012 11:00pm PST
fiscal cliff. the senate convened its rare sunday session with a prayer for progress. the house returned from its holiday hours until the u-s economy goes over what's being called the fiscal cliff - lawmakers are locked in a fierce face-off over a set hikes. "we're apart on some pretty big issues." " >> i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner." >> reporter: on n-b-c's meet the press, president obama made a final pitch for his plan to preserve bush era tax cuts for everyone but the wealthiest americans. >> "regardless of partisan differences, our top sure that taxes on middle that would hurt our economy badly." >> reporter: a major sticking point continues to be the annual income level at which those tax increases should kick in. the threshold has wavered from 250-thousand dollars to as high as one-million dollars. republicans argue the country doesn't have a tax revenue problem, it has a spending problem. >> "unless we do something about spending, the government will continue to get bigger and the deficit will continue to get bigger." >> reporter: following the president's interview, speaker of the statement saying in p
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 5:00am EST
the media coverage really has brought home and really clarified what the fiscal cliff means to personal finance. and that debate really seems to be acting as -- almost creating a sense of gravity that's pulling down different elements of the economy. so whether it's consumer confidence and now spending, both seem to be having a negative impact on the environment. >> yeah. michael, i imagine it's difficult to get out and want to spend when you're worried about your taxes going up next year. and how you're going to allocate your budget. i want to ask about some of the places that we did see spending. what were some of the segment groups? was it apparel, electronics? you know, luxury has surprisingly held up a little bit. so where did we see the dollars that were spent go? >> sure. let's start with luxury. luxury nationally had a difficult year because -- primarily because about 20% of luxury retail sales originated out of the new york area. if new york has a difficult season, that's going to be difficult on the overall numbers. that said, in the southeast and the south central regions of the country, luxury sales were up 5% to 6%. so again, it depended where you were. but luxury retail sales did relatively well. other sectors, women's
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 10:05pm EST
debate over the fiscal cliff. caller: i think with the current state of our economy, if the government is not doing their job and are taking their vacation and stuff, why don't they start at minimum wage? that would wrestle them up. get rid of their pensions and put them on 401k's. it is about time we started to take care of the people again. host: barbara from manchester, new jersey. caller: you will never get the gop in power to cooperate. that is not their goal. their goal is to make president obama a failure, no matter what it does to this country. thank you. host: lots of different points of view. joshua gordon. guest: the main issue is when you look at how spending programs are growing more quickly than the economy. we need to look at how we are going to pay for that. we are not going to pay for it with a major reform. this fiscal cliff thing is a short-term issue. we are trying to recover from this financial crisis. the economy is slowly doing better but still has not come back to pre-crisis levels. do we want a fiscal policy that can do two things? repel the recovery forward an
MSNBC
Dec 26, 2012 9:00pm PST
austerity too quickly. this drives me up the wall. people seem to think the fiscal cliff is fix the debt. the problem with the fiscal cliff, the thing we're trying to avoid, the actual danger to the economy, is that we will get too much deficit reduction too quickly. if reducing the deficit was what the economy needed we could go right off the cliff and leave it there. you can see it in this graph, that line going down. that is the fiscal cliff, we went over our deficit problems, gone baby, totally, totally gone. one thing the fear of the fiscal cliff shows by the way, in the fox hole, everyone's a kinsian. everyone agrees. that is number one. too much austerity way too quickly. president obama is not asking for that much in taxes. it's worth getting a bit of perspective in here. you'll be shocked to know, we got a graph for that. here's what happens if we go over the cliff. you get more than $5 trillion in tax increases off the bat. and now here's what happens if we pass the sainted simpson bowles plan. you've heard of the plan. they have 2.6 trillion in tax increases. president obama's latest offer to john boehner has 1.2 trillion in taxes. that is half as much, less than half than simpson
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 10:00am PST
would have zir implications to the economy. much more than the fiscal cliff. >> exactly. the debt ceiling is a cliff. the fiscal cliff is somewhat misname because as we said -- >> slope. >> slope. curb. go over and get back. it is not so bad. but, you know, there's no sort of we defaulted yesterday and today we are sort of undefaulting. it doesn't work that way. once you defaulted on your debt, i mean, you have really sent the world a message you are deeply dysfunctional and the president has said i'm not going to negotiate over that. i'm not going to allow that kind of threat to the credit worthiness of the greatest economy in the world. >> yet, that's where all of the republicans want to have their next fight. >> that's where they want to have the fight. give it to them or not. i suspect he won't. >> quite a few days followed by quite a few months. thanks so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >>> why do some washington power brokers want to go over the fiscal cliff? the political brief sing next. first, the amr moment of 2012 that left us all speechless. i'm not kidding. thi
KRON
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. they only have four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go over the so- called fiscal cliff. that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts would take effect. reaching a deal before then what be easy. right now both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we in washington are working while the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we're coming against a hard deadline here. i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston with a stubborn fever. the family is, that he will be out of the i see you sound. the chief of staff said supporters a note yesterday including " he would ask me to tell you please put the sharks back in the closet " the 88 year- old has been in a hospital for more than a month after first coming
KRON
Dec 27, 2012 11:00pm PST
looming fiscal cliff tomorrow at the white house. elizabeth corridan has more. as the countdown to the deadline creeps closer. >> this washington it was an ominous, stone. with five days and counting until the u.s. economy will go over the fiscal cliff. >> this year, the american people are not waiting for the ball to drop. it is not going to be good. >> reporter: with no deal spending will be slashed and taxes will go of it could spark another recession. with this deadline approaching president obama and the senate will return and speak on sunday. >> certainly there is still time. >> reporter: point is still texas the want to extend the bush assured taxes except for the time making to water vicki thousand dollars per year ordered the sticking- point is still boyish-direct taxe bush-era of texas taxes >> and. nobody wants. to really work they just want to play the name game. >> putting over the edge that the scenario is allowing tax increases to take effect and on january 3rd, the lawmakers are going to be able to cut taxes. elisabeth corridon.. awarding. >> both obama and the senate returned to washington today after a christmas break. house leaders announced the chamber would reconvene sunday and possibly
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am EST
economy with the fiscal cliff issue, and it needs to be a fast middle to come together and find solutions. i think 2012 was that year where there were so many examples where we as a people have to put things aside and come together and find solutions. there will be plenty of time to deal with divisive issues later on once we get the big stuff taken care of. and immigration is another thing we need to come together on. and we need to find ways to come together on the big vexing issues. >> and truly a year of challenges it was. and coming together, you are right. maria? >> well, let me bring it down a little bit and let me say for us, and i am in health care, so i have to say the president took some big shots at health care reform, and while it's cumbersome and we are having issues in trying to implement it, down at the level where we are working with individuals, people who really need primary care, i think that everything else can be resolved, but it's really getting health care to the people that really need it. and i think to takeaway everything, the number of immigrants and l
WHUT
Jan 1, 2013 7:00am EST
economy off of a fiscal cliff. leader of north korea makes a rare news." broadcast a reunified korea. >> the gift of peace, the pope celebrates a new year's mass in rome. welcome to "bbc world news." also in this program, top concerns as one in three women in south africa try to lighten their skin. and an amazing escape by helicopter after it crashes into the sea in brazil. ♪ >> hello, happy new year to you. the deal is done now, the u.s. is counting on the and calls fof wrapped -- house of representatives to approve a bill that would avert the fiscal cliff. it was approved by the senate in the early hours in new year's day. the deadline was technically missed, but as long as the bill clears its final hurdle, a few effects will be felt, as today is a u.s. public holiday. >> vice-president joe biden, dropping in on congress until -- as the clock ticks down to midnight. with good humor, a deal with senate republicans had been struck. >> i feel very good, we will get a very good vote tonight. happy new year. >> members of both parties overwhelmingly backed an agreement that had requir
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
confidence numbers. they're looking at washington play chicken with the fiscal cliff and they're saying, hold on, we have this economy that seems to be gathering some steam but washington, government, congress in particular is the single greatest impediment. it's a rational decision. >> get the act together. john avlon, thank you, my friend. don, it's a lot of intangibles here, don. this is the thing we have to think about. it's not just the tangibles of how much your taxes might go up or how much this might go down. it's the intangible of confidence. it's trust. you lose somebody's trust, how long does it take to get it back. it doesn't just come back tomorrow because you vote on something. >> i can't believe mitch mcconnell was there all day yesterday. >> it's crazy. >> he's working on a saturday. i never work on a saturday. wait a minute, i work every saturday. >> you get your job done. you don't get to tell your bosses, i'm going to do this another time. i'll get down to it in 516 days. >> but one day, one day i will be able to do that, at least i'd like to think that. >>> moving on, at the edge of the fiscal cliff, w
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
regarding that fiscal cliff. here's what will happen if no deal is reached. the economy could fall into a recession. that's been widely reported. the congressional budget office forecasts a drop of .5% in the real gross domestic product and a 9.1% unemployment rate by the end of next year. markets in the u.s. and around the world could take a hit. right now the dow is down almost 100 points. no santa clauz rally this year. managing director of the boston consulting group joins me from chicago. great to see you. happy holidays. let's talk about the effect on the economy. i think it's important to point out that it if no deal is reached by january 1st, some things will take effect right away. 2% increase in payroll taxes. no more unemployment benefits for 2 million americans. others will take a little longer to take effect. having said that, what will be the impact on the economy long-term, do you think? >> i think you have to look at this more than as a fiscal cliff but as a fiscal slide. what we're doing is we're beginning a slide and we're going to slide slowly if we don't do something b
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
market is a measuring tool, it's measuring how long the uncertainty with the fiscal cliff will last. if it's short and we get a resolution, i think we will avoid a recession. if it takes months to figure out, then i think in a slow-growth economy we could get into recession territory pretty easily without some certainty. >> but as you know, we're going to be -- even if we get a deal, we will be hearing reports on quarterly earnings in the next couple of weeks. we will be hearing from c.e.o.'s that will be talking about their out look and with all of the uncertainty probably we will be getting a lot of gloomy news. they can't be helping investor confidence, right? >> right. that's true. if we don't have some certainty on the fiscal cliff, if we don't have resolution to that, i think you're right. in that c.e.o.'s probably will remain fairly conservative in their out look and that probably won't be good for the market. but if we do get resolution, i think c.e.o.'s by nature tend to be optimistic people, and if there's some resolution and they know what the rules of engagement are, they're going to go out and probably be a little bit more optimistic. >> so you have been saying that you changed your investment strategy a little bit n
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
who is have said that the fiscal cliff won't hit the economy right away. tell actually give lawmakers more time to continue negotiating. but how long can our economy take the uncertainty? >> it is not just uncertainty. we have had that factored in. the reality is that unless the president suspends the increase in payroll taxes that are going to take place, not just social security, but withholding for income tax, while they continue to negotiate, we have gone off the cliff. in the month of january, people will live off their credit cards, but they can only do that so long. come february and march, the higher taxes will require adjustments in the spending habits of folk who is make between $25,000 and $100,000 a year. i would point out that this is no reason to give the president everything he wants and pass that bill that he proposes because if the republicans do that, they lose all their leverage. i have news for most people. if we dont curb our spending, everybody's going to have to pay the higher taxes in the end because things are flying out of ceil. >> no one's talking
CNBC
Dec 24, 2012 4:00am EST
environment. now, let's think about this. suppose the fiscal cliff gets resolved quickly without wrecking the economy. i think washington is the only thing standing in the way of a worldwide surge in growth and profits. not just in stocks but also in real estate. if you take washington out of the equation -- my job would be so much fun. blackstone should zoom higher. first off, if the fiscal cliff does get resolved people will pull money out of bonds. they should pull them out of bonds any way because deal if small will be inflationary. they're more likely to invest in aggressive alternatives with higher assets under management. for those of that you don't know, the private equity where you buy companies using borrowed money and you fix them up and flip them a few years later by taking them public. over the past two years, blackstone brought eight private companies in its portfolio public and in the next 12 months, they plan on doing another eight. it goes without saying that if we're in a bull market next year, blackstone will be able to realize much higher price which is it brings companies that it ow
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm EST
resolution of the fiscal cliff and the government and the economy. >> a lot of ways to measure thestrengthening enhousing market but the most direct way for momentum home buyers and sellers is prices. do you expect that trajectory to continue? >> i do.we have raised prices in a little more than half of our communities. it's been relatively modest. but as we observe and we read stats, we are getting a lit little more confident and may push prices a bit more in 2013. >> what are you finding in termsof the cost of building materials. the commodity that it takes to put up the toll brother homes. >> we are seeing that increaseas well. in 2012 we have seen the cost go up $4,500 a home. move of most of that was in the commodities. as we go to 2013 it's hard to predict. i don't think we'll see labor stay war it where it is and that will increase and the commodity as well. >> do you expect it to remaincheap the housing market. >> i do expect it to remaincheap. the fed has made that commitment to the extent that you can call it a commitment and it's in the best interest of the continued
PBS
Dec 29, 2012 1:00am PST
lot of that will be contingent on resolution of the fiscal cliff and the government and the economy. >> a lot of ways to measure thet but the most direct way for momentum home buyers and sellers is prices. do you expect that trajectory to continue? >> i do.we have raised prices ia little more than half of our communities. it's been relatively modest. but as we observe and we read stats, we are getting a lit lite more confident and may push prices a bit more in 2013. >> what are you finding in termg materials. the commodity that it takes to put up the toll brother homes. >> we are seeing that increasea. in 2012 we have seen the cost go up $4,500 a home. move o most of that was in the commodities. as we go to 2013 it's hard to predict. i don't think we'll see labor stay war i where it is and thatl increase and the commodity as well. >> do you expect it to remainch. >> i do expect it to remainchea. the fed has made that commitment to the extent that you can call it a commitment and it's in the best interest of the continued recovery of the economy to keep mortgage rates low because housing i
CNBC
Dec 23, 2012 7:30pm EST
. >> nice to see you. >> great to be here. >> so does all the drama over the fiscal cliff and uncertainty about the economy weigh on consumers? how are you expecting the season to play out? >> well, i don't have any doubt that it does weigh on consumers, it's in the news constantly, people are worried about it, but having said that, we're talking about christmas here. this is no minor holiday. so christmas is going to come on tuesday. it is christmas day. and consumers have to get shopping. and the last thing that parents want to cut back on is the toy is the holiday present for their child for christmas. >> true. so i want to go through the toys you brought. what are you expecting in terms of this christmas holiday shopping season? anything we should look at as far as the real gauges? >> well, you know, it's all going to come down to the last weekend, to the last few days. >> even christmas eve. >> even christmas eve. and toys"r"us, just to make sure, we are open 24 hours all the way through until 10:00 p.m. christmas eve night. so there's still plenty of time, if you haven't bought the toy, get out there now,
NBC
Jan 1, 2013 4:30am EST
. boehner sent republicans home to celebrate the new year without the fiscal cliff. >> everybody involved should be embarrassed. >> reporter: the economy could still take a hit. while the house takes up maybe later today, whether to follow the senate's lead and hike taxes on the wealth. from capitol hill, i'm steve handelsman, nbc news. bill, back to you. >> well, thanks, steve. >>> we have new details today on secretary of sate hillary clinton and the blood clot that has her hospitalized. the clot is located in a vein in a space between the brain and the skull, near her right ear. it did not cause a stroke or neurological damage. doctors say she's making excellent progress. the blood clot is related to a concussion clinton suffered earlier this month. it was discovered during a follow-up exam on sunday. >>> from amazing fireworks displays to ancient traditions in polar plunges folks around the world marked 2013 in their own unique way. nbc's kirk gregory take ace look. >> reporter: the first major city to sell brit 2013 was auckland, new zealand. in australia, a seven-ton fire work's display dazzled hundreds of thousands in sydney. with an
CNBC
Dec 24, 2012 5:00am EST
week to go before the u.s. economy goes over the fiscal cliff, lawmakers are pointing fingers and playing the blame game. >> mario monti is saying he's available to lead italy. he'll run for office in the upcoming election, but only for a party willing to push his agenda. >>> but he has competition in the form of sylvia berlusconi. he tells cnbc he feels a responsibility to run. >> feel the need to return to the political arena to prevent the country from being delivered into the hands of a leftist party. >> and the crowds are out, the stores are ringing up those sales, but u.s. shoppers may be running low on holiday spirit. and analysts say that they're spending less, as well. hi, everybody. welcome. merry christmas out there. thank you for joining us here on the show. what we're looking at today, we've got slightly quiet markets ahead of the u.s. open. what we're seeing, though, that all the markets are being called lower across the board stateside. the dow is being called a bit lower, nasdaq is being called a bit lower and the s&p 500 being called down by a bybit, as well. we s
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
back hoping to find a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. the house is still on a break leaving some to wonder if there is time to strike a deal or if the economy is doomed to go over the edge when the clock hits midnight. >> reporter: hundreds of waterford crystals in installed on the ball in new york's time square. the countdown to the new year is underway. in washington there is a much more ominous count down underway. five days and counting until the united states economy goes over the fiscal cliff if something isn't done. >> american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop. >> reporter: with no deal taxes will go up and spending will be slashed. some warn the impact could spark another recession. with the deadline approaching the president returned to the white house and the united states senate is back in session. the house will reconvene by sunday evening. >> there is still time and it depends on how complicated the fiction it. >> reporter: the sticking point continues to be taxes. democrats want to extend the tax cuts to everybody but those americans making $250,000 or more a year. republicans remain ag
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 12:00am EST
businesses. taxes are going up. the economy is slow. we may or may not go over the fiscal cliff but regardless the economy is stalled and taxes are going up. there is certainty but not just great certainty. >> as a family-owned business after 91 years of being in business we know there's a business cycle. what we need to continue to advocate for as job creators is the virtue of free enterprise. we need to stand up for the principles that are going to allow u to provide our people employment and create prosperity and we have to be able to do that in a unified way because even though the forecast can look bleak at different times we have an incredibly resilient economy and great job creators out there who just given the chance will make a big difference. that is what we have to continue working on. melissa: but, jim, aren't you afraid of being punished either by the public or by the government for speaking out at this point? i mean i have talked privately to people on wall street who have said, you know, they feel like they get pistol-whipped when they say anything against the administration. that it comes bac
FOX News
Dec 28, 2012 10:00am PST
concluded. ed henry, live at the white house. ed, thanks very much. the fiscal cliff crisis also taking a toll on consumer confidence, a key driver of the nation's economy. take a look at this. according to a new report from the conference board now just to explain, a score of 90 on the conference board's index means the economy is healthy. the last time we saw that number was 2007. before the start of the financial crisis. over the last couple of months we have seen steady declines. november's report showed an index score of 71.5 and just 65.1 in december. that's the lowest number we have seen since august. matt mccall is the president of penn financial group. he jones us now live. how serious is this? >> it is extremely serious, gregg. we're seeing numbers backdating going back to november. what we haven't seen yet, we won't see until january the effect of the uncertainty of fiscal cliff and potential of falling off the fiscal cliff will have on the economy and have on consumers and potentially lead us back into as you mentioned what a lot of economists believe, another recession. gregg: what happens when fourth quarter earnings come out? >> nobody is reall
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
about the fiscal cliff and the concerns in the economy? >> we take a look at the economy, but there's really no industrial demand to propel this market higher to eat up this gas we have out here. so we look at the markets, the weather patterns, and that really dictates what the price of natural gas is. >> what's interesting is natural gas, which often sort of gets treated a little bit like rodney dangerfield. >> to respect. >> this year has had a fantastic year. if you look at that year-to-date charge, we're up about 13% on natural gas futures. the first year to the upside in five years. what's really propelled that? >> we look at it a technical marker right now. we're pretty much absent any kind of news out of the middle east. it's really not going to affect us. we look at the weather, laook a the economy. you trade off of that. and natural gas is a real good tradeable market. >> and looking ahead into 2013, after this massive move, is there going to be pressure here at these levels? >> even though there's a lot of gas out there, i think you'll see natural gas increase. i thi
FOX News
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
. >> my pleasure. >> so despite its name, a lot of strategists say that the fiscal cliff will not hit the economy right away and that could give lawmakers some time to continue negotiating, perhaps, but it's unclear how long the market will tolerate that uncertainty. so, what if no deal is reached and no action is taken? >> well, heather, i actually believe that might be the best outcome of all. when we look at it, there's not really a cliff. what happens on wednesday morning, the first day of the year, we'll roll out of bed and put the gasoline in our car and go to work. so there's not going to be a big change immediately. there will be an increase in taxes, something that's already been agreed to. you know, 12 years ago they agreed to the bush tax cuts would have a sunset provisions and the cuts to spending that will occur were agreed to two years ago with the debt ceiling agreement. so they already have a compromise agreement, they're just trying to change that compromise. >> and speaking of change, what if a partial deal is reached, which is what we're talking about right now, through possibly that
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
of the fiscal cliff from taking effect. >> we have got to get on a larger agreement, to make sure we sustained a very fragile economy, tried to get it to move faster, and deal with the long- term deficit. >> those decisions may not happen until 2013. a smaller deal would be temporary, sending congress back to work on the details next year. >> i am not ok with them waiting six months or year kick to get things done. >> jake sherman of "politico" predicts that we will go over the cliff. >> we will not see the government shut down our people not be able to pull money out of banks are things like that. >> still a tough sell for constituency growing tired of the political back-and-forth. >> let's get some things set in place and up and running. >> 1 line of thinking on the hill -- there are many -- if we do go over the cliff that would reset all of the tax issues suchissues. what we do know, the clock is ticking and the waiting game continues, with the house not even scheduled to be in session until sunday afternoon. live of the capitol, steve chenevey wjla. >> will monitor all the negotiations surrounding the fiscal cliff. com
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 2:30am PST
bills. so, that makes the government like the rest of us. he also referenced the impending fiscal cliff, which threatens to derail the economy if a compromise isn't be reached by next week on those big, unanswered issues. with both sides locked in a standoff, house republicans are calling on senate democrats to act first. democrats aren't budging much on their demands. they want to extend tax cuts on incomes below $250,000, prolong unemployment benefits and delay those sweeping spending cuts. while many republicans oppose new taxes for anyone, senator kay bailey hutchison says she's looking for compromise, alluding to house speaker john boehner's plan "b" that was met with stiff opposition from his own party. >> i think $250,000 is too low a threshold. a lot of working people who are couples would exceed that, and i don't think we need that kind of shock to the system. however, i've talked to some of my democratic colleagues, and they are saying maybe in the $400,000 or $500,000 category we could set a benchmark. i do think it is essential that we start talking about what amount can be passed on a bipartisan basis, because you
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 11:00am EST
this? >> the catalyst no matter what the response is out of washington with the fiscal cliff it is going to slow the economy next year. raising of taxes, cutting down of government spending will decrease economic growth, gdp growth which calculations -- shibani: we're predicting a slowdown but predicting a rise in currency in u.s. dollar. how does that -- >> good question. for safety. the bond market everyone is bearish on the bond market because interest rates should go up but in all reality the commercials have positioned themselves for short-term move down which we had. going back to neutral again and the open interest which is how many contracts are exposed to this trend or hedge are at the lowest level in years. usually you will get higher open interest of the market is going to move in the direction lower and the bond market is signaling that things are not going to be worked out and the economy will slow down the u.s. currency strengthens when there is nervousness around world which relates to the stock market going down. byy the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling -- shibani: the fiscal cliff -- >> cash is ki
KRON
Dec 27, 2012 8:00pm PST
off the fiscal cliff. tonight we're learning congressional leaders will convene at the white house tomorrow for last-minute talks to avoid tax increases and spending cuts. kron 4's justine waldman has details on negotiations. >> reporter: the economy is getting very close to falling off the fiscal cliff. though a last minute plan could be in the works. on friday, congressional leaders will meet with the president to discuss the standoff. obama and congressional democrats want a deal that would let tax rates rise for the wealthiest taxpayers. many republicans remain against any tax increases. the white house meeting would be the first time the president has huddled with all four november 16. the senate is back in session. majority leader harry reid is starting to sound pesimistic. >> reid: "i have to be very honest. i don't know how it can happen now." >> reporter: the house is still on christmas break. but will meet sunday evening, a little more than 24 hours before the "fiscal cliff" arrives. but it's not clear what legislation it might consider >> mcconnell: "hopefully there is still time. preventable economic crisis." >> reporter: and over the edge is just where the economy may go. im justine waldman for kron 4 news. >> grant: the
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 3:00pm EST
summer of 2011 that triggered the fiscal cliff learning that the companies could under perform, but there's another wall street player, and that's fidelity saying watch for the banks, not just because they are under pressure as they track the general economy, but it's because business capital spending is down as of the third quarter, really went south, worried about that and activity dropping off by 20% versus the prior year, and banks make a lot of fee money. people, you know -- excuse me, a trillion dollars in cash still sitting tight on the sidelines for a reason saying that the banks have got to get stung here, but the two safe havens if they call it that, biotech is one fidelity talked about because they get money from venture capitalists and not from the government. they get research and development creditss the nih, for example, you know, is going to see a cut there, and the federal budget there, and, also, health care sector reeks real estate plays. interesting ideas from fidelity. ashley: you mentioned companies, activity down, banks hurting because they are not getting the fees. flip the story around, and washington finally gets its act together, could we see a boom on the other side of that with money pouring? >> wouldn't that be gr
FOX News
Dec 26, 2012 2:00pm PST
thing was d.o.a. in the senate i? way. the republicans are losing the debate on the fiscal cliff. this is obama's economy. let the president and the democrats own it and own the national debt. own the defense cut. instead, boehner and the gang allow the president to star in his own superhero film. he will cut the hawaiian vacation short and come back to save us mere mortal from the fiscal cliff. winning the optics war and winning it big. juan, how did you get the ball back from the republicans? they had it. this was obama's economy, his face calf cliff. now boehner fails on the vote and next thing you know, the ball is in your court. >> juan: i think you are right. i think boehner at the moment looking weaker. he is out of this altogether at the moment. his troops abandoned him. he is okay keeping the speaker on january 3 when the republican caucus vote but you are hearing rumors about eric cantor who is next to him launching some kind of a coop at the moment. i don't know where it goes. but it seems that he is in a position where the republicans in the senate and the white house are really the ones who will
FOX News
Dec 26, 2012 9:00pm PST
are losing the debate on the fiscal cliff. this is obama's economy. let the president and the democrats own it and own the national debt. own the defense cut. instead, boehner and the gang allow the president to star in his own superhero film. he will cut the hawaiian vacation short and come back to save us mere mortal from the fiscal cliff. winning the optics war and winning it big. juan, how did you get the ball back from the republicans? they had it. this was obama's economy, his face calf cliff. now boehner fails on the vote and next thing you know, the ball is in your court. >> juan: i think you are right. i think boehner at the moment looking weaker. he is out of this altogether at the moment. his troops abandoned him. he is okay keeping the speaker on january 3 when the republican caucus vote but you are hearing rumors about eric cantor who is next to him launching some kind of a coop at the moment. i don't know where it goes. but it seems that he is in a position where the republicans in the senate and the white house are really the ones who will negotiate the deal. yo
MSNBC
Dec 29, 2012 11:00am PST
suggest we shouldn't be talking so much about a fiscal cliff, per se. we should be talking about a bunny slope. describe what you think should happen. >> the fiscal cliff means we're taking $700 billion out of the economy because of the tax increases and spending cuts. if that happens our economy will hit rock bottom. we'll have zero growth over 2013. we will have, by the end of 2014, double digit unemployment. millions of americans will lose employment. so what you want to do is change the scale of that fiscal cliff to a gentle, let's say, bunny slope. we have a fragile economy, but it's accelerating and it's predicted as this year to grow. it grew at 2% to goh at 3% or more this coming year so you want this skier, so to speak to go down the slope and pick up speed so when you do come to the grand bargain that has $3 trillion of debt reduction. all they've got to do is shoulder 1 billion, changing the scale and put the rest of that in the following nine years and that's something that they'll come up with. >> where do they find it? there are various places, and just that, there's $118 billion if you didn't do the payroll tax extension holiday and if you didn't do that at $250,000, that's almost the same equiv
KRON
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
afternoon as the nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. if they have only four days to reach an agreement. the u.s. economy will grow over the so-called " fiscal cliff. " that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts could take effect. retain a deal before then will not be easy. because right now, both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of a house representatives are watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. i told the president that i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline here and as i said this is a conversation we should have made months ago. democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making too much and $50,000 or more a year. many republicans remain against any tax increases. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston. the former president's family is confident that he will be out of i see you soon
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
the nation and the economy going off that so-called "fiscal cliff." the senate is close to a deal as the clock ticks toward midnight and the nation teeters on the edge of the so-called "fiscal cliff." >> let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. >> reporter: the tentative deal would extend bush-era tax cuts for families making $450,000 a year and individuals making $400,000. it would also increase the taxes on estates worth more than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for one year. president obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solved all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. [ laughter ] >> it may be we can do it in stages. >> reporter: negotiations have been going on all day. lawmakers and aides moving back and forth between meeting rooms here on capitol hill on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the major sticking upon the now is spending. the president suggested lawmakers make action on deficit reduction in
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
held by private investors. gerri: i want to talk about another issue with you that is a fiscal cliff going over the fiscal cliff, what will that do to housing? >> the worst case scenario in the fiscal cliff if the tax increases and spending cuts come into effect would be bad for the economy and would really hurt housing demand. even if the fiscal cliff is solved, less damaging ways to resolve the fiscal cliff, the housing market still might be affected if the mortgage interest deduction is cut back severely. right now the mortgage interest deduction cost the government roughly $100 billion per year in revenue and getting rid of that would likely increase home values particularly in more expensive areas. gerri: rehear it would put the brakes on selling and home buying in those areas. what are the issues for you? you know all the issues and housing, what are you looking for next year? >> three things have been really important, the first is the inventories of homes for sale are down sharply. that is great news for home sellers because there is less competition. bad news for buyers. demand is also up, rising rent, rising prices, both of those will get urgency. the growth hasn't been great but it has been enough to get people off the fence, people feel more secure so demand is u
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 10:00am EST
headed towards the fiscal cliff and if congress doesn't act soon the the u.s. economy could take a nosedive right off it. all this have comes as capitol hill, could a value-added tax be in the pipeline? are we slowly turning to europe. david, good to see you. and we already see us moving in terms of spending to the european model. will we move in terms of tax policy to the european model, specifically to a value-added tax like they have in most of europe? >> personally i think we should. >> on top of what we have, on top of an income tax. >> we need to cut back and what i would cut back is replacement for the medicare tax, but also, corporate tax rates should be part of the deal, too. >> what frightened milton friedman the value added tax. there's no way it would replace it, it would always be tacked on top of other tacks and look at the history and that tends to be the way we go. >> although when the europeans brought it in they did cut the other taxes. >> that didn't last long and we've seen them come up recently. >> and it's going to continue because they've got budget problems.
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 11:00pm EST
year without a vote to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> it is disgusting, and everybody involved should be embarrassed. >> the economy could take a hit, but senate leaders spoke to counter that with the rare, strong bipartisan vote. >> house republicans could still reject the deal to keep america off the cliff. steve handelsman, debby l. tv 11 news. >> with all that said, we still need -- tv 11 news. >> we are still about an hour away from january 1, 2013. one of the hot spots to be tonight is the inner harbor. sarah samson joins us live from there. i assume the excitement is still building down there. >> absolutely. the crowds have been picking up over the last hour or so. there is lots of enthusiasm out here, with less than 60 minutes to go before downtown baltimore wellcome's 2013. whether they came by water or stay on land, according to organizers, tens of thousands are ringing in 2013 at the baltimore city and new year's spectacular. it is hard to miss the enthusiasm. >> this is my first time without my children. i could not be happier here. >> it is a huge economic boon for downtown. >> we are expecting a lot of peop
FOX News
Dec 26, 2012 10:00am PST
keep the u.s. economy from going over the fiscal cliff as a group of democrats push for the extension of most of the bush-era tax cuts, cuts they say staunchly -- they opposed years ago. joining us now to talk about it, tony -- [inaudible] a republican political analyst and consultant and a national political correspondent for talk radio news service. michael is a democratic strategist, and he joins us as well. good to see you both. tony, look, the word we're getting is that harry reid is going to pass an extension of the bush tax cuts for anybody under 250,000, extend unemployment benefits for two million folks. um, now, if that happens, it goes to the house, and the house will probably have to put it up. aren't republicans, your party, going to wish that they had passed plan b? >> absolutely, gregg. look, plan b really should have been our plan a, number one. number two, plan b was really the idea of chuck schumer and nancy pelosi as recently as in this summer. to set the threshold on incomes to a million dollars versus 250,000, allow those tax rates for a million and abov
MSNBC
Jan 1, 2013 5:00am PST
benefit of some revenues to make a contribution towards resolution and you do avoid the fiscal cliff and you get the economy somewhat stabilized. is that worth it, even though the big price we pay is once again failing to come up with a grand bargain. >> so, you have these important, difficult issues upcoming and you have a new congress, although it's not substantially different. there are some new democrats on both sides of the aisle. and i know you are among those, and it seems to be a growing course of people who have been critical of this process, the way it all played out. i mean, in the end, it became mitch mcconnell and joe biden. the majority of lawmakers essentially cut out of the process, including, arguably, the speaker. so, how can things be done differently if you're going to do things like getting the debt ceiling taken care of, like figuring out the sequester? >> well, this was a unique situation because we did have the fiscal cliff and we had a lame duck congress. what i think we have to start trying to do is return to what's called around here regular order. there really is no such thing in this con
NBC
Dec 26, 2012 11:00pm EST
avoid having the economy go over the fiscal cliff nears. as president obama is on his way back to washington, some lawmakers are also expected to get back to the nation's capital. >> with just five days left to reach an agreement, doubts are growing the white house and republicans can cut a deal in time. after spending part of his christmas holiday visiting troops in hawaii, president obama to resume but the talks. congressional aides said the holiday did not bring much progress and form on the initiations have yet to be scheduled. the senate is to attend the session thursday. when the house will reconvene is still uncertain. >> we were talking about the debt ceiling and it came down the 12 hour, the final few minutes before the deadline to get a full-fledged a grim past. >> some economists fear the combination of budget cuts and higher taxes could trigger another recession, as consumers cut back on spending. others said the deadline is not as firm. congress could pass a temporary measure early in the new year doubled will back any changes. political analysts warn some consequence
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
the fiscal cliff, washington awaits deal." experts foresee a significant drag on the economy. negotiators keeping the bush-era tax cuts in place for all but the wealthiest americans. this is having a huge impact on what the markets want, which is some certainty. good morning, andy. caller: i was a volunteer rescue worker at the world trade center. i have two cancers. these guys want to mess with social security. there was a guy on yesterday. he was willing to pay a little more. he will still have over $200,000 left. he'll have maybe $20,000 last. it is ridiculous. we of the strong people. we are the ones that survive. they call us the little people. we are the strong people. host: it is 7:35 eastern time. the house will gavel and at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. we will have live coverage. the senate is coming in at 11:00 a.m. more from the senate floor yesterday. [video clip] >> i'm sure if president does not want a climate like this happen. i do not want on my watch for this to be the last thing that happens on my watch. i do not think anyone here will benefit from a calamity happening in thi
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 9:00am PST
over the economy, which is coming from the fiscal cliff. >> all right. amman, aside from the impact on businesses, right, there's also this impact particularly on lower income americans. >> right. >> you have the payroll tax, which is scheduled also -- the payroll tax cut is scheduled to expire, which would increase taxes on people who are paying that from 4.2ers perz to 6.2%. . what impact would that have on individual spending? isn't that one of the more stimulating stacks cuts that was passed in 2009? >> that was designed as a short-term stimulus. people see that immediately in their paycheck, and the idea was nelled immediately go out and spend it. s people have been spending it. once that goes up, you will see less money in your paycheck as a result of the payroll tax cut not being extended this time around. both democrats and republicans agree not to extend it. neither party kind of likes that tax cut, but for different reasons. so for a lot of political reasons, that's not in this debate right now. that thing has been left aside, and we're talking about now a bunch of other diff
WETA
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
effect of recession. >> the fiscal cliff is a series of spending cuts and tax rises. the uncertainty is already hurting the economy here and americans are angry. >> there is no reason they can't sell it. >> i'm frustrated with all of capitol hill. it is a lot of people to feel that way. it is disgraceful what's going on and we have to put some people who will compromise and of these guys can do it, get rid of them. >> even if the deal isn't found, it won't fix america's budget problems. the government has been tried and found wanting. >> let's take you back to the scene of the greek capital, athens. we did not do it much just as we came to at midnight but the fireworks are under way. it is a country in the deep crypts of austerity budget is perhaps the greeks for getting the financial woes of the country for a few hours. let's leave this beautiful scenes in aphids and go back to the continuing saga on capitol hill. steve kingston is following develops -- following developments. >> both sides are expressing cautious optimism that the framework appears to be in place. president obama said at an agreement was in sight but
PBS
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm PST
probably effect of recession. >> the fiscal cliff is a series of spending cuts and tax rises. the uncertainty is already hurting the economy here and americans are angry. >> there is no reason they can't sell it. >> i'm frustrated with all of capitol hill. it is a lot of people to feel that way. it is disgraceful what's going on and we have to put some people who will compromise and of these guys can do it, get rid of them. >> even if the deal isn't found, it won't fix america's budget problems. the government has been tried and found wanting. >> let's take you back to the scene of the greek capital, athens. we did not do it much just as we came to at midnight but the fireworks are under way. it is a country in the deep crypts of austerity budget is perhaps the greeks for getting the financial woes of the country for a few hours. let's leave this beautiful scenes in aphids and go back to the continuing saga on capitol hill. steve kingston is following develops -- following developments. >> both sides are expressing cautious optimism that the framework appears to be in place. president obama said at an agreement was in sight but
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
about the fiscal cliff, the impact of this is daunting for the economy, and for the marketsch i want to bring in kenneth volkari who is a great friend of ours and it is few hours before the markets open and we have a good indication of the futures and the bells ring at 9:30 eastern time, and at 9:20, the futures are accurate. i'm not sure how accurate 14 hours out, but we are indicating a positive open on the s&p 500 tomorrow, a nd can you explain that to me? >> well, is it slightly positive or what? >> well, slightly positive. >> well, first of all, there is a couple of things going on. i think that half of of asia is closed today, right. you had hong kong and china open and australia only half a day. so you will get a muted response, but don't for get that we have really got one more day of this, right. there is not going to be a deal tonight, because it is not dramatic enough, and they have to let it go another day, and the markets might get a little bit of a breather, but trust me, as tomorrow goes, and as trading get starts and the day wears on and appears that we are getti
ABC
Dec 27, 2012 4:30am EST
economy over the fiscal cliff. charlie's at the live desk right now this morning with more on the battle ahead for both sides of the debate. charlie the 11th hour. >> the future, the immediate future of our taxes hang in the balance. the president and house republicans are now set to square off once more to cut a deal. with just five days remaining before the tax hikes and departmental cuts take effect. before christmas house republicans failed to pass the alternate plan instead placing the responsibility on president obama and senate democrats' shoulder. according to the "washington post" gop leaders vowed to go into session to vote on anything the democratic controlled senate approved. however speaker john boehner demanded the senate first take a look at the bill the house moved through a month ago that preserved the expiring tax cuts for the wealthy as well as the middle class. that's not likely given the president's position on raising taxes for those making more than $250,000 a year. >> i want us to not go over the cliff because i think if we do it hurts our economy and it hurts our
CBS
Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm PST
draw to donate today, the downfall in the economy and the "fiscal cliff" troubles on capitol hill have people taking a closer look at their tax write-offs. >> this is the last day for tax write-offs. it's not the only reason why i donate but why not? it's a win-win for everybody. >> reporter: the donations will help fund good will's job training and placement programs to help the needy get out of poverty. in san francisco, cate caugiran, cbs 5. >>> well, if you are heading out to party tonight don't forget you can leave the driving to others. in san francisco, muni offers free rides from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with some lines running later than usual. in the south bay, all vta bus and light rail is free between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. caltrain is free southbound only beginning at 11 p.m. until 2:15 a.m. bart is not free. but it will be running trains until 3 a.m. >>> and bundle up. it's going to be cold tonight. it was cold last night. and it has been wet. and the combination led to black ice forming on bay area roads. in the north bay a toyota tundra ended up on its side this morning. the dr
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
leaders to the white house for a last ditch effort to stop the economy from going over the fiscal cliff. >>> the highway patrol and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday weekend. there will if more patrols and extra dui check points all over the bay area. >>> a vehicle trying to elude the chp broadsided a car full of people. christien kafton is live at golf links road. christien. >> reporter: this accident happened around 11:20 last night. you can still see that accident investigators are still here on the scene. about an hour or so ago they were driving over this hill trying to recreate the view the driver of that silver bmw may have seen moments before this accident. there was also a black lincoln that was involved in this accident. and investigators are telling us that bmw you saw a moment ago was actually trying to run away from the cops. california highway patrol tells us this all started as a regular or routine traffic stop. the driver of that bmw had been spotted speeding. the chp had the car pulled over at 90th avenue and bancroft. of
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00am EST
approaching fiscal cliff but there's a looming deadline that could have a huge impact on the economy. >> a strike involving dock workers could happen this weekend. linda so is live at federal hill and linda this could be affecting us on down the road. >> reporter: we have the port of baltimore generating lots of money and jobs. but the longshoremen thousands of them if they go on strike sunday, everything all of the cargo that comes through the port will be affected. the stuff that's in the containers are clothes toys electronics. just to give you perspective here, 55 billion dollars worth of cargo is handled in an average month by ports on the east and gulf coast. so if a deal can't be reached by saturday, thousands of dock workers will be walking off the job sunday morning. and at issue are the large containers and the payments longshoremen get. shipping companies pay royalties to dock workers for the containers based on the weight. but they want to get rid of the royalties something longshoremen are not willing to give up. and if an agreement cannot be reached the economic impact from a
FOX
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
fail, would the fiscal cliff and a port strike be a one-two punch to the economy? "if its a couple of days, i think ultimately it would be a blip on the radar, but if it goes two weeks, it becomes a much greater problem." a key sticking point involves a fee longshoremen receive for each container that arrives in port. the container royalty fee was invented to help offset the need for fewer workers during the transition from bulk cargo to containers in the 1950s and 60s. shippers want the fee limited. longshoremen disagree. "it can be $15,000 per person. $200 million a year added to the cost of goods. that's a very significant number." if there's no compromise, a strike could leave goods headed for ports from boston to houston at sea and retailers with a headache. "if you have a container ship delayed two weeks, do you divert it to the west coast? that's an expensive option." and presidential intervention - unlikely. "i don't think president obama will get involved. it would be 'a betrayal' of organized labor." speaking of large travelers across oceans, ship traffic off california w
KRON
Dec 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
that remains before our economy falls off the fiscal cliff. tonight we're learning congressional leaders will convene at the white house tomorrow for last-minute talks to avoid tax increases and spending cuts. kron 4's justine waldman has the latest. >> reporter: the economy is getting very close to falling off the fiscal cliff. though a last minute plan could be in the works. on friday, congressional leaders will meet with the president to discuss the standoff. obama and congressional democrats want a deal that would let tax rates rise for the wealthiest taxpayers. many republicans remain against any tax increases. the white house meeting would be the first time the president has huddled with all four leaders since november 16. the senate is back in session. majority leader harry reid is starting to sound pesimistic. >> "i have to be very honest. i don't know how it can happen now." >> reporter: the house is still on christmas break. but will meet sunday evening, a little more than 24 hours before the "fiscal cliff" arrives. but it's not clear what legislation it might consider >> "hopefully there is still time. prevent economic crisis." >> reporter: and over the edge is just where the economy may go. im justine waldman for kron 4 news. >> michael yaki is j
NBC
Dec 25, 2012 11:00pm EST
washington tomorrow night. he and lawmakers will try to prevent the economy from going over the fiscal cliff. anyone who has not taken advantage of the homestead tax credit better act fast. if you have two days left to save hundreds of dollars at tax time. postmarked by december 31, or you will have to wait another year. its stems from legislation enacted in 2007 by the state general assembly. homeowners must apply to maintain eligibility for the credit. still ahead, aerial volunteers spent the holiday serving others. an organization will help keep hundreds and warmer this winter. and that when a missouri school did to put a smile back on their custodian's face. >> the weather is going to turn active as we had through the next of the week. partly to mostly cloudy. 36 at the airport. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
last minute deal to keep the country's economy from going over the fiscal cliff. vice president joe biden arrived at the capital building after negotiating a deal with senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. the senate is expected to vote on the deal in the next few hours and the house will debate the measure tomorrow. there are no details just yet on which tax increases or spending cuts would be included in the deal. >>> less than 6 hours till 2013. >> john fowler is in san francisco where huge crowds are expected to watch fire work ons a beautiful but cold night. >> reporter: beautiful indeed. take you -- look -- look at the bay bridge lights. clear here tonight. this is a wonderful night to view fire works. they put up barricades at the ferry building. the prime spot for viewing fire works. >> it will be good. yeah. we came out here last year and it was nice. >> reporter: no stopping here on the embarcadero. they should have a great view with no parking problem. the new year dawned at midnight moscow time. noon in the bay area. discovery center. we found a family friendly noon- y
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 8:00pm EST
wallet? let me guess, am on the naughty list again? ho ho ho! >> forget the fiscal cliff. eric: forget the fiscal cliff, what about a container cliff and what that might do to the economy. a a nasty standoff between union workers and the companies could cripple the nation. unless two groups reach a deal, theyun planted strike down plano strike this weekend.if if the strike happened, some reports estimate for a billion dollars per day. >> there's no question, use the righte words, cripple the economy. the backbone of the trade on the export and import, eric. about $100 billion or more comes in and out where you have to have these strikes. co it is very devastating and could reverberate throughout thees country. food distributors, everybody would be affected by this strike if it goesrd forward. eric: what do the unions want and what is management willing to do, how far apart are these two groups? >> normally in a dispute with the unions it is about wages and benefits in this case it is not. what the unions are objecting to with reports i have been seeingu is new work rules andort deficiencies that support systems want to put in place too make the port more productive to low
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
am happy to be here today to talk about the taxes in the fiscal cliff and how it might affect my business. i am mostly optimistic about the economy and the future i have some concerns on what is going on in the congress and the potential fiscal cliff that we are facing and the elimination of the tax cuts that are among us. like me a lot of the small business owners that i talked with no four are in favor of keeping the tax cuts in place especially for the middle class who believe in a balanced approach and we think okay to allow the elimination to tax cuts for the wealthy. for the small business taxes increase i can see the taxes in the business are affected that we will have less to pay for investments and invest in the new equipment to hire new people. but my income tax rates will go up. it's already constrained environment and i'm having a difficult time. customers tax rates are going to go up and that will create less demand for the product and less revenue for me and that creates less tax revenue for the government. so i would urge congress to vote for keeping the tax cuts in place especially for the middle class approaching the
CNBC
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
employees around the world. the fiscal cliff is scary. another recision, higher unemployment, economic slowdown. tax money taken out of the economy. those are major concerns. we're going to have to react as a business and it could result in cut backs. the fiscal cliff was meant to be something that nobody wanted to go anywhere near and here we are about to go off it. we really need our elected officials to figure this out, keep our economy growing and gives us some certainty about the future so we can make our plans as business leaders. we're all having such a great year in the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. 'cause all our states are great. and now is when the gulf gets even better. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride or just lay in the sun. enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty. and don't forget our amazing seafood. so come to the gulf, you'll have a great time. especially in alabama. you mean mississippi. that's florida. say louisiana or there's no dessert. brought to you by bp and all of us who call the gulf home. >>> welcome back. the dow jones industrial still down below 13,000. we're
FOX News
Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
president discussed what would happen if the country did go over the fiscal cliff and the i am fact it could have on the economy and the stock market. >>> well, it's hard to speculate on the markets. obviously business and investors are going to feel negative about the economy. if you look at the projections of 2013 people felt the economy would continue to grow unemployment would continue to tick down housing would continue to improve but what has been holding us back is the dysfunction in washington. if people start seeing that on january 1st this problem still hasn't been solved we haven't seen the kind of self sit reduction we could have had had the republicans been willing to take the deal that i gave them if they say that people's taxes have gone up which means con souler spending is going to be depressed then obviously that's going to have an adverse reaction on the markets. >> the markets will be opening 90 minutes before negotiations are set to resume. we will have a live preview on bank on this coming up with lauren simonetti. >> time now for your 5@5:30. the top five stories making news for you at this h
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 3:00pm PST
about the fiscal cliff and maybe slower growth in trust economy, the stock market has had a great year. too bad you missed out. the smart money has been in the market. the rest of us have been worried about the fiscal cliff. >> number eight, facebook's ipo, hundreds of millions of people like facebook, but investors did not on its first day as a public company. trading glitches at the nasdaq and questions about the company's ability to make money on mobile users, pummeled the stock, which is on its way back to the ipo price. >>> number seven, mother myer. the new ceo of yahoo! who announced she was just going to take a two-week maternity leave. >> number six, mother nature, an intense drought in the midwest that scorched the corn and soy crop sending prices sky high. >> the ocean is just beyond. >> and who can forget superstorm sandy? millions of neighbors, their houses swept away without power, damages, and raising questions about infrastructure and whether we should be spending some money to fix it. >>> number five, china, is china slowing or leading the world? we do know that c
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 9:00am EST
his take on the latest fiscal cliff developments and what it all means for the economy. before we head to break, look at the early movers on the final session of 2012. i've always kept my eye on her... but with so much health care noise, i didn't always watch out for myself. with unitedhealthcare, i get personalized information and rewards for addressing my health risks. but she's still going to give me a heart attack. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day after day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. >>> check out some of the latest moves in energy and metals. jackie is at the nymex. >> good morning, carl. the energy complex trading slightly lower across the board this morning. let's take a look at the west texas intermediate price, lower by about half a percent. brent price slightly more than that today. nat gas is the biggest l
FOX News
Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
trendented? >> it is not. it doesn't help anyone. the perception if we go every the fiscal cliff we'll get things resolved and go on from that. that is not true. alternative minimum tax hurts tremendous number of americans. it increases taxes for everyone. it creates tremendous instability in our economy that doesn't need it. this needs to be resolved but needs to be resolved in a way that actually fixes the problem, not just postpones the fiscal cliff for another six months or another year. that doesn't resolve it. so our push us, why we tried to get this done in may of this year, rather than in december, is to say, we need to fix the problem. let's focus on that. jon: james langford is a republican from oklahoma. now our viewers no why you're on the republican policy committee today. good of you to join us. >> thank you. harris: we know this from the headlines. the cdc has had a rather busy year keeping us all safe. we'll look infections, diseases viral outbreaks, remember west nile this summer? put the centers for disease control in the news over the past year. >>> if your mom told you not to climb trees she needed to say it louder to this buy. look at this. an update on the man who had to be rescued after guesting three store i ares up a massive palm tree. how do you even climb a palm
NBC
Dec 31, 2012 11:00pm EST
vote to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> listen, this is disgusting. and everybody involved should be embarrassed. >> off the cliff at midnight the economy could take a hit but senate leaders hope to counter that with a rare, strong, bipartisan vote. house conservatives could still reject the plan and keep america from climbing back up the cliff. i'm steve handelsman, news 4, capitol hill. >> again the senate is expected to vote on those bills sometime late tonight or early tomorrow morning. top democrats say it will have their support. tomorrow at noon could be where we really find out if the deal holds up. stay with news 4 and nbc washington.com for the latest developments through the night. >>> they are mourning in a prince william county tonight after a police officer was killed in the line of duty. 35-year-old motorcycle police officer chris young crashed into a minivan while responding to a call. it was a fiery collision. news 4's david culver shows us how young is being remembered tonight. >> reporter: a tragedy for the prince william county police department as they mourn the loss of one of their own. officer chris young killed when hi
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
a bit of a hit. maybe you can finger the fiscal cliff here. >> absolutely. the housing market is improving. that is actually something that should really support the economy going into next year. so the potential growth rate, if we were not talking about fiscal cliff or any adjustment at all would probably be quite high, higher than we've seen over the last years. could be in the rake of 3%. plus, that confidence impact that these negotiations are likely to have, and that means that the u.s. economy is still going to grow at relatively mediocre rate of probably 2% next year. that's our view. >> timothy geithner here in the past couple of days talking about the debt ceiling and what could be done to try to move that forward in a stable manner if you would. there's no way around it, right? do you think that's taken kind of a bargaining chip away from the fiscal cliff negotiations? >> there seems to be some politics behind this announcement right now as we hit the ceiling. as you make the calculations, it seemed to me as if they were only going to hit the ceiling in february or march next year anyway. the fact that he comes out and says actually we're shutting the
FOX
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm PST
over the fiscal cliff. that's one of the top stories this noontime. good afternoon. i'm david stevenson. >>> we begin with developing news at this hour. san jose police are investigating the city's 46th homicide of the year. it happened at an apartment complex on lewis road off monterey highway and janine de la vega joins us from the scene. janine, we understand police may no who may be responsible -- may know who may be responsible. >> reporter: that's right. they have two adult males detained and they are questioning them and treating them as persons of interests. homicide detectives are here at the sulker breeze apartments. all of the activities seem to be centered around a parking garage. just before 9:30 this morning, they received a 911 call that a man with a gun was at the -- on the grounds. when police arrived, they found a manner in a car shot. paramedics tried to revive him. but he died on the scene. after talking to a couple of witnesses they've determined some sort of confrontation occurred with the victim and two other men. >> what happened exactly, we don't know.
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 2:00pm EST
now, if we did the full fiscal cliff, the full fiscal cliff monty, perhaps is the best way it put it, we get rid of more growth in the economy than in all of 2011. it would be a negative number, essentially, mandy. like 4.2% of gdp. we grew up 4% of 2011. a negative number. take away from that all things being equal. depending on what the private sector did. a negative for the economy. every dollar they don't do on the fiscal cliff, that's a dollar that does not come out of the economy. but i think it is probably reason to consider. talking about what brian was talking about at the top of the show here. 1%, maybe 1.5% drag on growth of anything decided from the fiscal cliff anyway. >> and it depends on what you buy. i hear what you're saying with, steve and it is important to dive in. when you get a dollar you probably spend more than the dollar, right? they have shown that. that is the greatest multiplier. let's be clear on what that is on. necessities, food, clothing, which is needed. and on taxes, and there is not a lot of sympathy, but if you are a boat maker, high-end home builder, anything to do with that side of the econom
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
ii. >>> the fiscal cliff is a battle of ideological will, some americans feel strongly that increasing taxes on anybody hurts the economy. it's quite possible that's true. the central question is whether it will hurt that much to raise incox taxes a little bit on the highest part of the highest earners in the country. to push the country to the edge of a recession over this is quite irresponsible. the increase in taxes will hardly affect the economy. but you know, that's my opinion. my opinion should count as much as anyone else's. the problem is in washington, one person's opinion carries disproportionate weight. that person is grover norquist, the head of americans for tax reform. a group that's got a pledge that most members of the republican congress signed saying they won't raise taxes under any circumstances. i spoke to norquist after friday and asked him about taxes and almost relimgous belief that tax increases, any tax increase is bad for the economy. >> we've seen that whenever you raise the capital gains tax. the top margins tax, tax increases distract from what the country needs to do. we need to deal with our run
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am EST
gains in the fiscal cliff could impact your 401k and the economy. stay with us gerri: big taxhikes set to t gerri: you make it, they take it. 23.8% is the raise that policymakers wil see on capital gains. chris edwards joins me now. he is director for tax policy studies at the cato institute. i would like to show people what we're talking about. he gets confusing for people. we have a current tax rate, 15%. on january 1, the capital gains tax rate will jump to 23.8%. i talked to a lot of my friends d they say that's not a big dumb. what you say? >> it is a big jump. if you add state taxes on top of that, the united states will be up to 20%. our major trading rtners, britain and europe and canada -- they are only 16%. so there is a ry good reason why just about every industrial country has a really low capital gains tax rate. that's because policymakers just about everywhere know that low capital gains tax rates are crucial for a growth of economy and entrepreneurship and high-thnology industries. gerri: so what if we compare favorably with a lot of developed countries out there -- what
CNN
Dec 24, 2012 8:00am PST
fiscal cliff. the big worries about the fiscal cliff and how that's going to affect the economy as a whole. you look at oil prices and they have barely moved since late october. oil prices are between $85 to $90 a barrel since late october. and when oil prices stabilize for a longer time, as they have been, it gives gas prices a better chance to stabilize as well. but you look at it broadly, though, the gas prices are not falling for the the right reason. we could go back into a recession and it's those concerns for a downturn in the economy that are actually pushing prices lower. >> all right. alison kosik, live from the new york stock exchange. thank you as always. >>> the head of the national rifle association says to call him crazy for proposing more guns in schools. the nra's ceo wayne lapierre insists a ban on assault weapons won't prevent mass killings, which he blames on violent video games and the media. he says armed guns eed guards are the best way to prevent tragedies. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, th
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:30pm PST
fiscal cliff would trigger tax increases and government spending cuts in january, leaving far less money in the economy. the international monetary fund warrants of knock on effects for the global economy. -- warns of knock on effects for the global economy. the pressure is on in washington to agree on a plan. only then might the applause on wall street be a little more genuine. >> with the clock ticking ever more loudly in washington, let's bring in our correspondent. first off, are the prospects of an agreement as dim as we are hearing, or could there be a last-minute deal? then of course this could happen, but i think it is quite unlikely. there is an increased pessimism that a deal can be achieved in washington, d.c. from my perspective, i think washington moves too slowly. tax rates will go for all americans, and cuts will go into effect by the end of this year, and we will see no more unemployment benefits for about 2 million americans. >> there are some technicalities here. what are the government's contingency plans? for example, how will it go about paying bills if no deal is reached? >> a couple o
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
dangerously close to a fiscal cliff. >> we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> alas, this is how we do things now, create economic storms then look to provide an umbrella at the last possible second. we avert disaster but move no closer to solving our long-term economic problems. after a moment of spiritual clarity on friday afternoon, harry reid is working on a bipartisan deal ostensibly with his republican adversary mitch mcconnell. >> -- engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> well, if the senate manages to reach a compromise, the hope is that the house would follow. that's option one. the green one. option two is less certain. president obama reportedly challenged congressional leaders from both parties on friday to come up with a deal better than the one he proposed. the center piece of which is that the top marginal tax rate will increase
NBC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00am EST
fiscal cliff. >>> going over the fiscal cliff could have a huge impact on the local economy. thousands of people can lose their jobs, especially federal employees and government contractors. the defense industry could face billions of dollars in cuts. >> the third largest number of federal employees and probably the largest single number of federal contractors. so that federal nexus is really important to our economy. we need to end the uncertainty. >> economists say it's possible for us to "step over" the cliff. that means lawmakers will reach some kind of a deal in a few weeks after the new year begins. >>> breaking news right now. russia's president, vladimir putin, signed a controversial bill banning americans from adopting russian children. it goes into effect january 1st. there are estimates this could affect more than 1500 adoptions currently under way. the ban is widely viewed as retaliation for recent u.s. law targeting russians who abuse human rights. for a closer look at russia's proposed ban adoption, tune in to the "today" show starting at 7:00 on nbc4. >>> the army general w
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